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Mr G de Lully is put down

last updated on February 18, 2008 19:27

Mr G de Lully is put down
German-based British dressage rider Fiona Bigwood has lost her top ride, Mr G de Lully.
“We tragically had to have ‘G’ put down today despite all efforts to save his leg. What he had done we will never know. He was turned out in a 20x20-meter sand school with every boot and bandage on, but he had seven fractures between the hoof and fetlock, so there was nothing we could do,” said Fiona.
The 15-year-old 16.2hh Swedish-bred gelding by Gaugin de Lully is currently fifth in the British Dressage Grand Prix Rankings and had represented Britain at the 2005 and 2007 European Championships. Fiona was preparing him for team qualification for the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong.
“He was so special to me and we were so in tune with each other. His loss is like losing a member of my family,” said Fiona, who is expecting her second child in May.